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>> thank you. next speaker. good afternoon. i'm dr. gwen [speaker not understood], faculty at ucsf and reside in district 9 and parent of a middle school student here in public school in san francisco. i'm here in strong support of the proposed regulation. our research team investigateses tobacco use among adolescent males and we reese entitlesly conducted a survey in san francisco. the results of the data indicates that smoking of electronic cigarettes is very common with nearly one in five reporting having smoked electronic cigarettes. this level of use is much higher than reported in the national tobacco survey and [speaker not understood] having smoked electronic cigarettes. 10% have done so in the last 30 days. many were using them in combination with other products. i support this regulation very strongly and i thank you for taking steps to protect the health of san francisco. thank you. >> thank you. and before mr. gordon comes, let me call a few more name.
[speaker not understood] from the youth leadership institute. linda boyer chiu from the we willness center susfd. [speaker not understood]. john kreuger. keith perry. and [speaker not understood]. mr. gored an? good afternoon, supervisors, my name is bob gordon and i'm proud to have lived in san francisco 21 years, my smoke-free city ~. for many years i helped facilitate a free stop smoking program for the lgbt community here. my brothers and sisters, mostly in their 40s, 50s and 60s, this program is called the last drag. and time and time again we hear the same stories from those who attend the last drag, and that is that their first exposure to nicotine began at age 15, 16, and at some point they discovered that they were hooked for life. and this is why we really ought to call what we're talking about here an adolescent disease. so, any reasonable steps that we can take now to prevent as
many young people as possible from a lifetime of addiction to nicotine would make for an intelligent measure to better protect the health of the city. thank you very much. >> and thanks for your leadership for many years. thank you. >> ms. aldrich? good afternoon, supervisors. my name is michelle aldrich and i've been a resident of san francisco for almost 42 years. as you may remember, i got stage iii lung cancer in 2013 -- excuse me, 2012 and 3-1/2 months using cannabis oil. my doctors do not want me to smoke a joint, but i am allowed to vaporize. i used a vaporizer in chemo and in the hospital. this law would not let me do that even with my doctor's approval. the ordinance would make it illegal for medical marijuana patients to vaporize anywhere smoking is banned, including parks. i don't want to have an asthma attack in golden gate park and have a policeman come up and
hassle me when i need to medicate. i don't do it often in public and i don't want to be hassled if i really need to medicate. i agree with banning the cigarettes for minors. instead, ban the cigarettes -- instead of banning these cigarettes, ban flavored e-cigarettes. flavored e-cigarettes are not harm reduction strategy. ban them outright. [speaker not understood]. [speaker not understood]. >> thank you, ms. aldrich. ms. aldrich, thank you. so, the information you've given is not correct, but we definitely will meet with you to explain the coverage of vaporizers that simulate cigarettes, but it doesn't cover other vaporizers, many of them that you mentioned. mr. aldrich?
michael aldrich, i'm one of the co-founders of spark, a medical dispensary. i don't care whether you ban nicotine e-cigs. that's fine with me. i do care if you ban it for marijuana or cannabis oil. you would be really banning a really useful medical device. as my wife mentioned, she was allowed to use a vaporizer pen when she was undergoing chemotherapy and the ones who loved it the most were the nurses because everyone who knows san francisco knows about cannabis use with cancer treatment. and this was the only way that it could be allowed in a hospital. but if you ban them entirely -- so, my recommendation is simply make a distinction in the law that you pass, not afterwards explaining your intent. make a distinction between --
make a difference between e-cigarettes for cannabis and e-cigarettes for nicotine in the law. >> thank you, mr. aldrich. next speaker. [speaker not understood]. good afternoon, everyone. my name is brittany [speaker not understood] and i'm the regional government relations director for the american heart association. i'm here to express the aha strong support for the draft ordinance to [speaker not understood] the definition of smoking to include e-cigarettes and other electronic smoking devices. the american heart association is committed to protecting the health and well-being of residents of san francisco and our reasons for supporting this ordinance [speaker not understood]. e-cigarettes contain unknown toxins. currently no restrictionses on what can be put in them and the health effects of e-cigarettes, especially the longer term effects are scientifically uncertain. the use of e-cigarettes has the potential to renormalize smoking. e-cigarettes use has the poe ~
potential to create new users [speaker not understood]. third, we support this ordinance because it poses a potential threat to enforcement. i grew up in the age of joe camel cigarettes [inaudible]. [speaker not understood]. >> thank you so much. next speaker. i'll call a few more name. alexandra [speaker not understood]. jessica estrada from [speaker not understood]. [speaker not understood].
good afternoon, supervisors. my name is kenneth cohen. i'm a homeowner who has lived in san francisco for over 43 years now. as medical cannabis patient who suffers from frequent migraine headaches, it's important to me that i have quick access to the use of a vapor pen when i need it. whenever i feel a migraine coming on, i need to vaporize at that time. i cannot go off and go to some other place and expect it to get better because it only gets worse. timing and access are critical for me and my health to control the onset of my migraines. please don't limit my access to a safe and effective medication in public spaces by passing this regulation. do not [speaker not understood] medical cannabis patients who
need to vaporize under the bus. thank you so much. >> thank you, [speaker not understood]. next speaker, [speaker not understood]. good afternoon, supervisors yee he, tackverctiontion, mar. ~ tang, mar. [speaker not understood]. there are over a thousand tobacco permits here in san francisco with many, many of them selling e-cigarettes. this is really a health disparity issue. products are being marketed in our communities of color where youth reside, where there are low-income families, and this is really causing health disparities in our communities. these districts include district 3, 6, 10, 9, and this is really about the future of our youth. so, just really want to thank you for your initiative here and we wholeheartedly support this ordinance. >> thank you. next speaker. i'm [speaker not understood]. i live in nob hill, ucsf studying the toe he back owe
industry and i'm also the president of the coalition of robbing the americans on smoking health. i'd like to put this in a larger context. in 2006 the big tobacco companies were adjudicated, rack tiers for 50 years of lying to the public about the deadliness of tobacco. and one of the ways they did that was filters, low tarses, light, saying that they were healthful and they were not. and e-cigarettes is just the latest ploy to keep people addicted to nicotine. this is all about them undoing the wonderful effects of de-normalization which reduced our smoking prevalence from the 40% to down to 12%. i urge you to pass this. and then to address the issue of advertising if the city is able to do so. >> thank you. thank you. >> next speaker.
my name is john kreuger. including e-cigs in smoke-free laws is not banning them. no one is proposing banning them. this is a public health issue. e-cigs do not merely emit harmless water into the air. heavy metals and carcinogenses that are not safe at any level ~. industry is increasingly, the tobacco industry, [speaker not understood]. [speaker not understood]. don't let them. >> thank you. next speaker. i'm keith perry. [speaker not understood] weeks after california banned smoking in bars and restaurants. i am particularly vulnerable to
inhaled nicotine. so much so when i breathe it a mechanism kicks in called fight or flight. since 1999 i lost my fight with my employer who can and did you allow inhaled nicotine in the premises. i fled my job. i lost the fight with my landlord and the rent board over breathing my neighbor's secondhand nicotine cannabis and crystal meth. so, i fled my rent controlled home of eight years. and today i rarely can walk down the sidewalk, go to shops or socialize in the castro without inhaling the nicotine of someone routing local ordinances. i would much rather not fight my community, but my community is worth fighting for and i will not stop fighting until the tobacco industry, our neighbors and visitors stop poisoning us. thank you for listening. >> thank you. i'm sorry for poisoning the room with this thing earlier, too, but thank you. good afternoon. my name is serena chin. i'm with the american lung
association of california and i was born addicted to nicotine because my father smoked around my mother throughout her entire pregnancy. and i spent the first month of my life in colic because i could not breathe. we didn't know then, which is a long time ago, about secondhand smoke and now we do. and because we do, we have passed laws seeking to protect innocent victims from secondhand smoke. everything, a lot of the researchers pointing at secondhand e-cigarette emissionses is doing the same thing, coming close. i just want to say that as a member of the american lung association we have helped -- we have worked with 20 cities in the bay area adopt secondhand smoke laws that include e-cigarettes as well as three county unincorporated areas. so, i've passed out the list and by the way because i have asthma, this is the way i inhale my vapor. and no one around me gets secondhand vapor and i get my medication. thank you. >> thank you, am i chin. good to see you again, too.
next speaker. my name is linda boyer chiu. i'm a proud resident of san francisco and my 25th year as a school district nurse. i believe i speak for my 40 nurse colleagues who work in this district when i say that this bill needs to be passed and here is another compelling reason. there is a strong relationship between truancy and smoking. over the past 7 years at a high school, i have counseled nearly 100 teens who have been caught smoking and almost all of them are not engaged. meaning what? they don't come to school. they rarely get good grades and they drop out. so, why do we allow access to another product that might impact school attendance and school success? supervisors, this proposal would send a clear message that we care about those most vulnerable, especially teens and children, that smoking is not welcome in our public schools. thank you. >> thank you. i'm going to call a few more names. dr. randy long. elizabeth cox.
lauren lampert. gloria solis. [speaker not understood]. daniel [speaker not understood] who may have already smoke en. may how. and holga [speaker not understood] who i think already spoke as well. yes. >> next speaker, mr. wu. [speaker not understood] i am a former student for sensible policy drug member. i am a san francisco resident residing in the sunset district. [speaker not understood]. i agree with regulating the sale of e-cigarettes for use by minorses, however, [speaker not understood]. the harm is not nearly as comparable to the harm of regular cigarettes. might recommend a discretionary ban for businesses and building owner, but not complete ban where cigarettes are banned. i also recommend drafting [speaker not understood] to test for harmful [speaker not understood] to mitigate the stated risk of unregulated e-liquids. i use e-cigarettes and have not
smoked regular cigarettes in over two years. i do not use nicotine because it's ahab it. please reconsider revising this ordinance and not ban e-cigarettes where cigarettes are banned and make it a discretionary ban. thank you. >> thank you. next speaker. good afternoon, supervisors. my name is liz williams and i'm with americans for nonsmokers rights in berkeley. we are so pleased that you are considering this proposal to prohibit this in smoke-free spaceses. [speaker not understood]. there are at least 108 municipalities and three states that prohibit e-cigarette use in free spaceseses. including new york city and chicago. [speaker not understood] their law in april. tuesday los angeles city council voted unanimously to do the same. san francisco has an opportunity to join leader including many other bay area communities. often behalf of our san francisco members, we urge you to adopt this proposal to prohibit e-cigarette use in all places in order to ensure all
workers and patron can breathe free [speaker not understood]. >> thank you very much. next speaker, ms. estrada. good afternoon, supervisors. again, my name is jessica estrada and i work with vietnamese youth development [speaker not understood]. i'm just here to support this regulation of e-cigarettes, not ban. and to regulate e-cigarettes in the same way cigarettes are regulated. i first became aware of this issue when youth at the center i work at told me how crazy popular these e-cigarettes are in their high school and neighborhood. [speaker not understood] she had a lot of friends under 18 who smoke these things. research connected with the san francisco unified school district where they conducted a survey of 1500 youth ages -- seventh, eighth and ninth graders. the youth took a sample of 500 of these surveys and specifically looked at the
question, what do you know about e-cigarettes? and again, these are responses from 13, 14, and 15 year olds. so, i know there are lots of ads [speaker not understood]. there are blue, electronic and have pretty flavors. [inaudible]. >> thank you. and thanks to all the folks from bydc as well. next speaker. good afternoon. i'm dr. lucy [speaker not understood]. i'm a resident of [speaker not understood] and researcher at the university of california san francisco. i want to make one point. there is no evidence that electronic cigarettes, how they're used on a national level help people quit. we published a study at the american journal of public health where we surveyed 1800 u.s. smokers all over the united states and where we found that both people who use electronic cigarettes did not have any easier time quitting regular cigarettes than those who didn't. and you will hear a lot of individual stories written to
you as told saying e-cigarettes help them quit. what does it mean? for every person where there is a story of success, there is more than one person out there for whom e-cigarettes did not make it any easier to quit. thank you. >> thank you. next speaker. actually, before you speak, let me call a number of other names. we're almost down to the bottom of our list. matthew moore. dr. darlene bars. brian davis. paolo a costa. mark isip. madam bowen. dr. gwen essex and gwen [speaker not understood]. next speaker. hi, lauren lampert, ucsf. i've been analyzing state and local e-cig policies and looking at who is favorable to e-cigarette companies. most of the campaign are orchestrated by big tobacco companies and right wing think
tanks. it's not mom and pop industry. e-cig companies have been mobilizing the same group the big tobacco industries have been using for years to push their policy agenda. the heartland institute, cato institute, public policy research with tea party links have been pushing these policies. it is important that you understand these -- many of these are deceptively designed to [speaker not understood]. we urge you to protect the public health and recognize these cynical influences. thank you. >> thank you. [speaker not understood] and joseph [speaker not understood]. michael barger, lawrence tam. [speaker not understood]. and i think i already called dr. darlene bonds. next speaker. good afternoon, my name is amanda fallon and i am a [speaker not understood]. my colleague conducted a study that was published two days ago
in the american journal of preventive medicine examining electronic cigarette marketing on websites. she found that 71% discuss the use of electronic cigarettes as a way to circumvent smoke-free policies. allowing e-cigarettes to be smoked indoors is problematic because it may expose bystanders to unknown toxins such as volatile organic compounds, nicotine, and tobacco related carcinogens. it may also confuse enforcement of the current smoke-free policy. in california it what decided many years ago that workers should be protected from secondhand smoke. san francisco should follow in the footsteps of los angeles and pro he text worker from secondhand emissions of e-cigarettes. >> thank you so much. next speaker. my name is randy wong and i attend ucsf. [speaker not understood].
it's a small cozy bar i like a lot. i like all the people who are in the bar. the good thing about the bar is everyone who smokes regular cigarettes goes outside to smoke them. some people use e-cigarettes inside and sometimes it's the same people who smoke regular tobacco cigarettes outside and use e-cigarettes inside. and there is one story i remember about this. a patron was using e-cigarette. the bartender asked why they were using it inside. the person said it was vapor not smoke. the bartender said smoke and vapor is the same thing. they may not be exactly the same, but they still pollute the air with chemicals people have to breathe secondhand. >> great, great story. thank you. next speaker. good afternoon, supervisors. my name is brian davis and i live north of the pan handle in san francisco. i'm also a gay man who has been helping the lgbt community fight big tobacco for over 6 years. i urge you to vote to protect the health of our queer
citizens by [speaker not understood] this legislation. [speaker not understood] and queer smoke twice as much as other satisfy hans. e-cigarettes increase the danger of normalizing smoking in bars as well as introducing airborne toxins to the environment. we can't allow this to happen. there is another threat. the tobacco company has been seen passing out free blue cigarettes in san diego. the company that used to give out free new ports to 13 year old kid. these people may come to san francisco soon, tempting many people young and younger to try these devices who have never even smoked. after all, first one is always free, isn't it? thank you. >> thank you for your leadership, too, over the years. next speaker. hello, my name is [speaker not understood]. i am a recent graduate of san francisco state university. i am here representing my father fong wa whos was a 45 year smoker. he started in the vietnam war.
i've seen his health decrease. in the last 7 months i introduced him to electronic cigarettes. now as of last month he is completely off of any nicotine product and i have never seen him healthier. i'm coming here not to talk about the ban or anything, but just listen to the opportunity of men like my father to have an opportunity to get off of the tobacco industry. this is not the same. we are fighting here. our community came here to explain the differences between big tobacco and the home brewers who are like us. thank you very much. >> thank you. next speaker. hello, my name is paolo a costa. i live in the [speaker not understood] district in san francisco. most of you here are talking about companies -- tobacco companies who own electronic -- who are promoting electronic cigarettes. i have here five liquids that are not owned by the tobacco companies.
they all say, contains nicotine warning. and also says, children should not -- this should be kept away from children. you guys are all saying that it's all a market for children and kids. although most of the market is to the baby boomers and generation x. none of these actually are to promote to kids nor minors. that's all i'll say. >> thank you. next speaker. good afternoon, my name is mark esip. i'm the owner of s.f. vapor in the excelsior district. i started smoking at the age of 16. i was a smoker for 10 years. then i transferred over to electronic cigarettes. now i'm using electronic cigarettes, i never touched a cigarette in the past 3 years. as a shop owner it's going to be hard for customers to come in and taste a liquid they would like to tryout. so, if this ban pushes through, how would that affect small businesses like mine?
>> they could taste it outside 15 feet away from the entrance. that would be one thing. currently i have over 73 flavors and, yes, there are candy flavors. but as a nonsmoker, you don't want to smoke tobacco. you don't want to smell cigarettes. that's why vanilla custard, strawberry, it helps you get the nicotine you want, but leave out all the bad stuff. thank you. >> thank you. i'm going to call a few more cards. dan kerrigan. ted gouge anaheim, karissa ortega. good afternoon, supervisors. [speaker not understood]. from 1983 i worked in the field of tobacco. over the last 23 years as the director of the [speaker not understood] program in san francisco general hospital and for the county. i want to address two observations that i've made in the last few years around e-cigarettes. the san francisco general the participants attending stop
program smoking are engaged in dual use of cigarettes and e-cigarettes. it changes depending on the environment. the consequence he are many reduce dependency on nicotine. we noticed nobody has ever stopped smoking from using e-cigarette. [speaker not understood]. former smokers have quit for a long period of time expressed concern for using e-cigarettes in environments that have prohibited tobacco use. this scares them as they feel the regulation is needed and they feel they will be triggered by seeing the vapor if they turn to smoking. for these reasons i support the amendment and the regulation of e-cigarettes. >> thank you. next speaker. nice shirt. thank you. my name is [speaker not understood] and i'm safety coordinate for excelsior action group. we are currently partnering with the public health department and local high school students to pass out signs like this to businesses
in the excelsior. high school students want me to submit this letter in support of the legislation. excelsior has some of the highest numbers of children in the city that marketing with kids [speaker not understood] like banana and advertising [speaker not understood] new generation to nicotine addiction. i recently at&t a restaurant in san francisco. [speaker not understood] allowed them to be used inside the restaurant where children were eating and bring in harmful vapors. i thought i was back in the 1980s. [speaker not understood] huge strides by eliminating use in public places and we can't go backwards. for the health of our community i look forward to the passage of this legislation. thank you. >> thank you. next speaker. [speaker not understood], tobacco treatment specialist. i work for kaiser permanente as a health educator and i helped to start [speaker not understood] in 1991. i think there's three things to point out. obviously i work with people who want to quit smoking and
people are desperate. 70% of them want to be nonsmokers. and if they were to date somebody, they he want to date nonsmokers. so desperate that they're willing to listen to the tobacco industry and what they offered them. we know that the fda and the cdc have not approved it. one of the important things about secondhand smoke and limiting smoking is that people are encouraged to quit smoking and that they will suffer less relapse. i think this is a really important thing for us as adults to be good role models to other people. thank you for your legislation. >> thank you. next speaker. hi, my name is adam bowen. i'm the co-founder of a company called plume, a san francisco based business, small business. we design, manufacture, and sell smoking alternatives. so, our product is not an e-cigarette per se, but it's similar in that it emits a
vapor that contains nicotine and flavorings [speaker not understood] and similar types of compounds like e-cigarette. so, i'm here to speak on behalf of my company, but also on behalf of myself as a former smoker and many smokers looking for alternatives. i think that we've clearly seen a number of people switch to electronic cigarettes or this type of product successfully and a major part of that is the ability to use it indoors. i think that by restricting the indoor use of these products and the absence of hard data to suggest that they are a harmful as cigarettes is -- >> i don't think we're saying they're as harmful, but they are saying they are harmful based on the boatload of research that many of the ucsf researchers have given us. so, i know there's a lot of research that's been conducted and results showing the presence of toxins.
but if you look critically at the concentration of those toxins in the emitted vapor and the secondhand vapor and compare to cigarette smoke, you will see that they are light years apart. they are completely separate. so, i'd just ask you -- >> but you admit they are harmful. i think that's what the research has shown ~. there have been harmful compounds identified in certain brands of products and that very small levels. >> but your product doesn't have harmful compounds? unfortunately i'm not allowed to comment on the composition. i can't. we encourage people to study our products and other products -- >> can you show us what your product looks like? sure, thank you. yes, so, on behalf of -- again, on behalf of my company and myself and smokers seeking viable alternatives to smoking, we he oppose this ordinance. >> thank you. thank you. >> next speaker. my